On the 3rd we read in the newspapers that Southwest monsoon had touched Kerala, the state to our south. We would get rains within a week. We were surprised when it rained heavily on the 3rd and 4th. How could we get the rains so soon? We learnt that it was due to a depression in the sea. On the 4th morning, we heard a big sound from behind our house. There was a landslide. Then on 6th morning we heard many people talking outside. We went to the back yard and saw all the retaining walls had been retained by landslides. So much destruction of the environment and 5th June was World Environment day !
Today I was reading in the newspaper about the Sunderbans, home to mangroves. I have never been there but I have read a fascinating book about it, The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh. On May 26th a severe cyclone caused great destruction there. There was so much destruction because people have destroyed the mangroves. Wonder where this will end?
I think our monsoon season has started today. It has been raining a lot and there have been sunny moments. We hired Basavaraj to clean the garden. He has been cleaning the place. He comes from another part of our state. The lockdown has been very difficult for him and his family. He and his wife are daily wage workers. He said many have gone back to their villages before lockdown started. There has not been much work. He said temples in our place have been feeding people. He and his family have lunch in a temple not far from their home. It felt good to hear that behind the scenes there so many are helping the less fortunate. This reminds me of all those people who like to tell the world about their good deeds.
King Yayati in the Mahabharata says, ‘After giving a gift I do not talk about it again and again. Neither do I have anger against the one who asks nor regret after giving. And what I give, I give happily.’ (The Mahabharata – An Inquiry in the human condition by Chaturvedi Badrinath )